University of Regina’s high profile at the Saskatchewan Book Awards

By Dale Johnson Posted: April 26, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The U of R is well represented at the Saskatchewan Book Awards.
The U of R is well represented at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Photo: External Relations

Saskatchewan’s top authors and publishers are being recognized at the 23rd annual Saskatchewan Book Awards on April 30 – and the University of Regina is well represented, with a total of seven nominees.

"Writing a book takes considerable effort and determination, and the Saskatchewan Book Awards does an excellent job of recognizing the hard work and commitment of the province's authors to the written word," explains Raymond Blake, the head of the Department of History at the University of Regina.
Blake’s book Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957, which looks at the relationship between Newfoundland and the federal government, has been nominated for two  Saskatchewan Book Awards.

“It is great to be nominated and have your book recognized by a committee for having some merit," Blake says.

Another author nominated is Gerald Hill, who recently retired from teaching English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina. He wrote Hillsdale Book, a new poetry collection.

“As a literary artist, I appreciate how the Saskatchewan Book Awards reinforce the presence of writing, publishing and reading in our culture. And I'm delighted that my Hillsdale Book has reached at least a few of its readers,” says Hill.

As well, the University of Regina Press has five books in the running.

“Although we work hard to bring national and international audiences to our Saskatchewan-based authors, it's most satisfying when these same writers get the nod of approval from readers here. That's why the Saskatchewan Books Awards matter,” explains the director of U of R Press, Bruce Walsh.

“The awards help identify the exceptional writing that is happening in the province – and that helps expand the audience of readers. I think the Awards also encourage young writers to work harder at their craft, because winning a Saskatchewan Book Award is truly something to aspire to. So they play a central role in the ecosystem of writing and publishing in Saskatchewan by marking excellence,” Walsh adds.

Here is the list of nominated books that have U of R connections.
University of Regina Press:

#Idlenomore and the Remaking of Canada
Author: Ken Coates

The Education of Augie Merasty
Author: Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream
Author: Charlie Angus

Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People
Author: Michel Hogue

The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures
Author: Mareike Neuhaus

Other Publishers:

Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957
Author: Raymond Blake
Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Hillsdale Book
Author: Gerald Hill   
Publisher: NeWest Press

Event:   Saskatchewan Book Awards Ceremony
When:   Saturday, April 30, 2016
Where:  Conexus Arts Centre